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Lt John Thomas Wheeler

Lt John Thomas Wheeler

Birth
Death 25 Nov 1944
At Sea
Burial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Tablets Of The Missing
Memorial ID 56778161 · View Source
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Husband of Betty L. Wheeler who resided in Weatherfield, Connecticut.

John served as a Lieutenant, U.S.S. Cabot (CVL-28), U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Colorado prior to the war.

The Cabot, while on patrol off Luzon, was hit by a kamikaze on their flight deck on the port side, destroying the still-firing 20 mm gun platform. 62 crewmen were either killed or wounded.

John was declared "Missing In Action" in this attack during the war.

He was awarded the "Silver Star" and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-165349

Bio by:
Russell S. "Russ" Pickett

The Cabot, which survived the war, was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal with nine battle stars, World War II Victory Medal, Navy Occupation Medal with "ASIA" and "EUROPE" clasps, and the National Defense Service Medal.

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John Thomas Wheeler was from Fort Collins, Colorado. He graduated from the US Naval Academy with the class of 1943 but, due to the overwhelming need that existed, the class graduated an entire year early, in June, 1942. He gave his life for his country in an effort to protect his ship, the light aircraft carrier, USS Cabot, from a Kamikaze attack. His actions were credited with saving the ship and it's crew from far greater damage and possible sinking. He was awarded the Silver Star, posthumously.

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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56778161
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lt John Thomas Wheeler (unknown–25 Nov 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56778161, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .